AUGUST 3, 2012; OSHKOSH, WI – The Leroy Dehn Memorial race presented by Knaus Cheese and Weyauwega Star Dairy is one for the record books. A huge late season turnout of competitors came out to test their talents on the third-mile clay oval as 130 cars entered the pit area for competition.
Craig Priewe would grace victory lane for the first time in many seasons, his return this year as a driver with the Wild Inc. team has been a welcome addition to an especially strong and competitive field in the Automotive Supply Company Modifieds. This evening 34 drivers attempted to make the main event and reach victory lane but in the end it would be Priewe who was able to fend off a hard charging Brian Mullen earning the right to go to the winner’s circle.
In the Leon’s Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modified division Troy Jerovetz would take advantage of a late race caution to slip past Todd Wiese and run away from the field to earn his fifth straight victory in the class, establishing a new win streak record for the division. A near season high 28 drivers were on hand for the evening in the class.
In Total Power Sales Street Stocks a starting field of 23 would be on hand to try and wrestle the lead away from polesitter Ryan Lindner. Lindner, a three time track champion at Central Wisconsin Raceway, located in Unity Wisconsin, showed his talent to the local crowd on hand as he fought off division point leader Jerry Winkler over the final laps. As the white flag flew Winkler suffered mechanical difficulties and Linder went on to make the trek to victory lane for the first time in his career at The Speedzone.
The Miller Lite Grand Nationals would see a yellow/checkered finish with Tim Doehling earning his second win of the 2012 season outrunning Jim Rhode for the victory. 23 Grand National drivers were on hand for the tonight’s contests.
The Lynn’s Service Center Dirt Devils would see young charger Mike Montie win a side by side duel with defending division champion Jason Fairbank to earn the evening’s victory. 22 Dirt Devils has checked in for competition for tonight’s program.
Racing will return in just four days. The Winnebago County Fair will open with a racing program for the first time in several seasons on Tuesday Night, August 7th. With admission to the fair just $12 it will be great evening of family entertainment as entrance to the races are FREE with a fairgrounds admission ticket which also includes unlimited rides and entertainment.
The field of 24 cars for the Automotive Supply Company Modified main event was established after running four heats and a pair of B-main events.
Rick Robbins would set the opening pace of the event while the three and four wide battles ensured behind him. Craig Priewe would bust out of that thundering horde with second, and he soon ran down Robbins to take over the top spot on lap two. Mike Klenz would follow into second moments later.
Priewe began to open up a small margin while second became hotly contested between Joe McGrath and Klenz. Working the lower groove Joe McGrath would gain the upper hand coming away with second on lap four. Deep in the field Brian Mullen was inching forward having cracked the top ten by lap five.
The first caution of the contest appeared on lap nine when Tim Robbins rolled to a stop in turn four.
The field gathered up for the restart and Priewe was back to showing the way, as a three way battle between Joe McGrath, Klenz and Mitch McGrath took place for second.
Mullen would be the man on the move as he continued to advance reaching the top five by lap twelve. Lap number thirteen would prove unlucky to last week’s feature winner Eddie Muenster as he collided with the spun car of Mike Mullen forcing the caution to appear. Munster’s machine would need an assist of the racing surface.
As he had done before, Priewe was back to setting the pace as the drop of the green flag while Brian Mullen moved up to the third spot behind Joe McGrath who still held second.
Mullen continued his charge disposing of McGrath on the next lap to reach the runner-up position. Mullen now had to work on closing the four car length lead Priewe had built.
Mullen would close within two car lengths with a pair of laps to go in the contest but he would be unable to get any closer. Priewe accepted the checkered flag for the victory with a two car length gap on Mullen. McGrath would settle for third. Marcus Yarie made an impressive charge through the field after winning his consolation race, he then powered through the pack reaching fourth at the finish, Rick Robbins who paced the opening laps finished solidly in fifth.
The Leon’s Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modified main event started with point leader Tracy Wassenberg sitting in the eleventh spot on the grid and Troy Jerovetz winner of the past four feature starting directly behind him in 13th.
Rookies Brock Saunders, Angie Wolf and Tristin Peebles fought for the lead at the front of the pack with Saunders laying claim to the spot. Todd Wiese wasted little time moving forward joining the lead group before slicing past Peebles for third by lap two. On lap four he surpassed Wolf for the runner-up spot and now set out to run down Saunders who had built up a ten car length lead.
Further back Wassenberg and Jerovetz were charging through the pack with Wassenberg cracking the top five by the fifth round. By the next lap they would reach third and fourth respectively.
Out front Wiese had closed the gap on Saunders and with a quick inside move he would take over the top spot on lap seven. On lap nine Wassenberg and Jerovetz would split Saunders with Jerovetz taking the high line and Wassenberg the low groove. With the pass the battle between Jerovetz and Wassenberg was now for second as they tossed the spot back and forth.
Wiese would benefit from the battle between Wassenberg and Jerovetz as he slowly increased his lead. A spin in turn two between rookies Bandon Berth and Cory Wegner on lap thirteen brought the frantic pace to a halt.
On the restart Jerovetz would use the cushion to sweep past both Wassenberg and Wiese for the lead. Another quick caution on lap seventeen for a Jordan Tuyls spin would give everyone another shot at Jerovetz. Jerovetz would prove up to the task on the restart surging back to the lead, this left Wiese having to defend the second spot as Wassenberg challenged for the position.
After the white flag fell, Saunders would lose grip on the racing surface spinning between turn three and four, since the white flag had been shown the race was considered complete with a yellow/checkered finish. Jerovetz was awarded the win making the familiar trip to victory lane. Weise would settle for second followed by Wassenberg, Jon Schultz and Ryan Besaw.
The Miller Lite Grand National main event would see 23 starters accept the green flag and Tim Doehling would pull ahead of Tim Thompson for the initial lead.
The lead duo would pull away from the third place battle between Troy Weich, Tom Schneider and Larry Richards.
Out front Doehling slowly began to increase his gap on Thompson while the majority of the on track battle took place behind the lead pair, often the competitors would fan out three wide. Jim Rhode working the high line was having the most success of those deeper in the field slowly inching forward and reaching the fourth spot by lap eight. On the next lap Rhode managed to work past Weich for the third position still opting for the high groove.
Out front it was all Doehling who smoothly worked the inner line to extend his lead on Thompson. As the laps clicked by it appeared Doehling has the race in hand, but a spin by Loren Lubach on lap 18 would bunch the field.
On the restart Doehling was up to the task of holding the lead surging ahead of the pack. The battle for second would see Rhode and Thompson run wheel to wheel while behind them the field went four wide. The wide flag would fly with Doehling crossing the stripe with the lead but deeper in the field Tim Reichenberger would go around after contact in one of the four wide battles. As had happened earlier in the night the leader had accepted the white flag before the caution appeared the race was considered complete.
Doehling would was awarded the win, Rhode earned the second spot ahead of Thompson in third. Steve Schneider was earned fourth ahead of Larry Richards who completed the top five finishers.
In Total Power Sales Street Stock action Justin Lindner would bring the 23 car field down for the green flag from his pole position. In taking the opening lead it was a position he would never give up during the contest. Jeff Wicinsky was the first of the drivers to hold the runner-up spot in an attempt to reach Lindner but Lindner’s pace allowed him to slowly pull away.
The stalled car of Dwight Mason forced a caution and bunched the field back up on Lindner’s rear bumper, but at the drop of the green flag Lindner was back to showing the way. Richard Garb was the next driver to reach second, but he also did not have the speed to catch Lindner.
Meanwhile deeper in the field current point leader Jerry Winker was clawing his way toward the front of the field reaching the top five as the next caution appeared on lap seven for a spin by Lexii Ashcraft.
Like the previous restarts Linder shot back to the lead, and second again changed hands with Jerry Kope taking the spot from Garb. Kope would prove to be the biggest challenge to Lindner so far actually finding room alongside Lindner to challenge for the lead before Linder again pulled away.
With Lindner out front attention would focus on Winkler who continued to slowly pick off cars. Winkler would work past Garb for third on lap eleven and then and then motoring past Kope for the second spot. Winkler’s next challenge was closing the gap on Lindner.
A second spin by Lexii Ashcraft on lap 16 gave Winkler the break he needed putting him squarely on Lindner’s rear bumper for the restart. While Lindner would get the lead, this time he was unable to pull away from Winkler who looked both high and low for a way to the front. Winkler had just begun to make a move to the inside on Lindner coming off turn four as they headed for the white flag, when Winkler suddenly slowed pulling into the infield ending a great run. Lindner would pace the final lap to accept the checkered flag. Kope would lay claim to second followed by Mark Schultz, defending division champ Jeff Jungwirth and Garb who completed the top five finishers.
The Lynn’s Service Center Dirt Devils would appear with 22 starters for their feature contest. After two quick cautions the race would run the distance without further interruption. Patrick Klawitter held the top spot for a single lap before Mike Montie would reach the lead position.
Further back defending division champion and current point leader Jason Fairbank began to move forward.
Fairbank would replace Klawitter in the second spot on lap six and slowly reeled in Montie.
Fairbank would catch Montie on lap fourteen and the two would engage in a side by side battle for the top spot. Montie hugging the low line would edge ahead in the turns while Fairbank had the momentum on the straights. Fairbank would nose ahead briefly on lap 17 with Montie ahead by the same amount the following lap. As the white flag flew Fairbank surged ahead by a half car length, but he would wiggle in turn two allowing Montie to again gain the upper hand. Montie would pace the final lap accepting the win by less than a car length over Fairbank. Klawitter would finish third with Eddie Lemay and Matt Brehmer completing the top five finishers.
Then the Winnebago County Fair will present a special Tuesday Night program to open the fair on August 7th. The show will again feature all five weekly point divisions.
Fair attendees can use their general admission pass to witness the racing action which will be taking place on the third-mile clay oval. The fair admission includes admission onto grounds, grandstand shows and unlimited rides, this includes the ability to attend the races at no additional charge above the cost of a fair admission ticket. The fair officially opens at 5:00pm, with racing action set to take place at 7:00pm.
Advance tickets into the fair are just $10 if tickets are purchased by Monday, August 6th. General admission fair tickets purchased at the gate will be $12. To receive the discount fair admission tickets must be pre-ordered prior to Monday, August 6th.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.winnebagocountyfaironline.com/store/
The racing program that you can attend with your fair pass will include a complete point show featuring all the weekly divisions which compete at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. A field of nearly 120 cars will be expected for the program as no other area tracks are in operation and it gives drivers from other tracks a great opportunity to experience the competitive racing program at Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway.
There will be no Friday Night racing on August 10th.
The final Tuesday Night special will take place when Hansel Trucking will present the WDLMA Late Models in their lone appearance of the season. The fastest fendered cars in the state will be appearing on Tuesday Night August 21st. Joining the WDLMA Late Models will be the debut of the Badger Modified Tour at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway. The finest Modified drivers from the upper Midwest will challenge top local favorites for bragging rights as winner of the inaugural Badger Modified feature winner at The Zone. Rounding out the program will be the Leon's Frozen Custard IMCA Northern Sport Modified division.
For fans wanting to take in two evenings of racing comprising the fastest cars in the state a special "Need For Speed Week" ticket will offer fans a chance to do just that. The ticket will be good for the Tuesday Night Hansel Trucking WDLMA Late Model/Badger Modified Special on August 21st and final appearance of 2012 for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints on Friday Night August 24th.
The IRA Sprints are regarded as the fastest open wheels cars in the Midwest, while the WDLMA Late Models are the quickest full bodied cars in the state of Wisconsin.
Additional information on the "Need For Speed Week" ticket package will be announced shortly.
Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway is a 1/3 mile semi-banked clay oval located at the Sunnyview Expo Center which resides near the intersection of Highways 76 and County Trunk Y in Oshkosh.
Fans and drivers are encouraged to visit the track website at www.oshkoshspeedzone.net for additional information on upcoming racing events. Fans can also friend the raceway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thespeedzone and you can receive all the latest updates from the track on twitter as www.twitter.com/thespeedzone.
AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY COMPANY MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 15): 1.) Craig Priewe; 2.) Brian Mullen; 3.) Joe McGrath; 4.) Marcus Yarie; 5.) Rick Robbins; 6.) Mike Mullen; 7.) Mitch McGrath; 8.) Mike Klenz; 9.) Tim Lemirande; 10.) Brian Drexler; 11.) Jerry Muenster; 12.) Jeremy Christians; 13.) John Schultz; 14.) Mike Mueller; 15.) Matt Klenz
First Consolation: 1.) Dennis Schultz; 2.) Matt Klenz; 3.) Shaun Frelich; 4.) Tim Robbins; 5.) Travis Spaulding
Second Consolation: 1.) Yarie; 2.) J. Muenster; 3.) J. Schultz; 4.) Kevin Feck; 5.) Will Sorce
First Heat: 1.) M. Mullen; 2.) Justin Ritchie; 3.) Johnny Whitman
Second Heat: 1.) J. McGrath; 2.) Priewe; 3.) Lemirande
Third Heat: 1.) M. McGrath; 2.) R. Robbins; 3.) E. Muenster
Fourth Heat: 1.) Mike Klenz; 2.) Christians; 3.) Mueller
LEON'S FROZN CUSTARD IMCA NORTHERN SPORT MODIFIEDS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Troy Jerovetz; 2.) Todd Wiese; 3.) Tracy Wassenberg; 4.) Jon Schultz; 5.) Ryan Besaw; 6.) Joey Taycher; 7.) Colten Van Hierden; 8.) Dion Wahl; 9.) Jordan Tuyls; 10.) Derek Schnetzer
Consolation: 1.) Mark Howe; 2.) Kelsy Hayes; 3.) Schnetzer; 4.) Cory Wegner; 5.) Brandon Berth
First Heat: 1.) Tristin Peebles; 2.) Van Hierden 3.) Schultz
Second Heat: 1.) Randy Kreuger; 2.) Taycher; 3.) Besaw
Third Heat: 1.) Brock Saunders; 2.) Tuyls; 3.) Wiese
MILLER LITE GRAND NATIONALS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Tim Doehling; 2.) Jim Rhode; 3.) Tim Thompson; 4.) Steve Schneider; 5.) Larry Richards; 6.) T.J. Smith; 7.) Troy Weich; 8.) Brian Henry; 9.) Ryan Minster; 10.) Tom Schneider
First Heat: 1.) Doehling; 2.) Terry Van Roy; 3.) Henry
Second Heat: 1.) Richards; 2.) T. Schneider; 3.) S. Schneider
Third Heat: 1.) Smith; 2.) Tim Reichenberger; 3.) Weich
TOTAL POWER SALES STREET STOCKS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Justin Lindner; 2.) Jerry Kope; 3.) Mark Schultz; 4.) Jeff Jungwirth; 5.) Richard Garb; 6.) Trevor Schmid; 7.) Dave Hoerning; 8.) Frank Knaus; 9.) Ben Kuhn; 10.) Jeff Wicinsky
First Heat: 1.) Lindner; 2.) Jerry Winkler; 3.) Schultz
Second Heat: 1.) Garb; 2.) Lexii Ashcraft; 3.) Mason Dwight
Third Heat: 1.) Wicinsky; 2.) Jungwirth; 3.) Kope
LYNN'S SERVICE CENTER DIRT DEVILS:
Feature (Top 10): 1.) Mike Montie; 2.) Jason Fairbank; 3.) Patrick Klawitter; 4.) Eddie Lemay; 5.) Matt Brehmer; 6.) Rick Fairbank; 7.) Joe Minks; 8.) Ben Meyerhofer; 9.) Chris Maas; 10.) Wes Lungwitz
First Heat: 1.) Maas; 2.) Lungwitz; 3.) Erik Kollmann
Second Heat: 1.) J. Fairbank; 2.) Klawitter; 3.) Minks
Third Heat: 1.) Montie; 2.) Brehmer; 3.) R. Fairbank
This article was posted to the website on August 4th, 2012